DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Phone: 413-549-0300, ext. 105
Virginia has had 25+ years of experience in the development arena with a focus in higher education, animal welfare and faith based fundraising. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of Good Counsel College in NY; and, a Master’s in Applied Theology from Our Lady of the Elms College in MA. Virginia was an Adjunct Professor in the Non Profit Management and Philanthropy Department of Bay Path University teaching graduate students the art of annual giving and donor relations. Former president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Chair of Newman’s Development Board. Virginia was closely affiliated with the Diocese of Springfield. She was involved with Pathways Committee studying the Catholic Schools of the Diocese and with the not for profit organization, Dress for Success as a Board member. She has recently been appointed to the newly formed Bishop's Comission for Catholic Education. Her husband, Ralph is a retired Executive Chef and a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. They have a daughter Adair who is a teacher & with her husband, Matt have 2 sons, William & Henry.
Fr. Robert Miskell
Phone: 413-549-0300, Ext. 103
Fr. Rob is a UMass and Newman alum. He was born in Virginia and grew up in eastern Massachusetts. A convert, he entered the Catholic Church while a graduate student in the UMass History Department, participating in the RCIA program here at Newman. Fr. Rob finished his Master of Arts in history while engaged in priestly formation, officially graduating from UMass Amherst in 2010. He did his undergrad work at UMass Boston, graduating from the Boston Harbor campus in 2002. He was ordained a priest in 2013, along with two other Newman Center alumni: Frs. David Aufiero and Thomas Macdonald. Fr. Rob comes home to Newman with a zeal for souls and a passion for helping others to grow in understanding.
ADMIN ASSISTANT, MENTOR & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Phone: 413-549-0300, ext. 104
Hailing from the great state of Illinois Maureen assumes several positions at Newman & is happy to meet & greet our community members & our visitors & work with our students.
Deacon Tom Lynch
DEACON ON STAFF
Deacon Tom was ordained in June of 2015. Growing up in eastern Massachusetts he graduated from Boston College with degrees in Classics and Philosophy. He received a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York and a Masters of Applied Theology from Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee. He served in the US army Military Police Corps for ten years with the rank of major before spending 35 years in healthcare security and emergency management. He retired after 21 years as the Director of Security at Baystate Health in Springfield.
Linda and Tom has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Linda is a registered nurse who spent 30 years in the substance abuse field.
Deacon Tom and Linda have been members of the Newman Community for over 20 years.
Emily is a music teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School. A UMass Alum, she finished her teacher certification at UMass in 2018 and graduated from UMass in 2016 with a BA in Music and a BS in Communication Disorders. After being a Peer Minister at Newman for two and a half years and then taking a year off to focus on school, Emily began singing in the choirs at Newman in 2016 and developed her love of church hymns and worship music. She is passionate about the power of music in worship and encourages anybody who enjoys music to join in, whether it be singing in the choir, playing an instrument, or praising the Lord with song from the pews!
Phone: 413-549-0300 ext. 106
John handles a variety of tasks at the Newman Center. He ensures that the building is clean, safe, and functional! John is a retired fire fighter of 38 years with the Springfield Fire Department.
E. Lary Grossman
Phone: 413-549-0300 ext. 106
Lary takes care of Newman's financial affairs and ensures that we are being good stewards of all our gifts.